Kevin France

Assistant Professor
Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Laboratory for Atmopsheric and Space Physics,
University of Colorado

LASP Space Sciences Building, Rm N214
UCB 600
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: (303) 492-1429

kevin.france "at"





T Tauri UV Fields

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado. My research home is the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. I am the principal investigator of the Ultraviolet Astrophysics Rocket Group, the Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment cubesat mission, the MUSCLES Treasury Survey, and a member of the HST-Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) Science Team and NASA's LUVOIR Surveyor Science and Technology Definition Team.

My research group (see photo to the right) develops spectroscopic instrumentaiton for space-based astrophysics and planetary science. We are also frequent guest observers on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray observatory, and several ground-based observatories.

My group's research focuses on:

  • Rocket payloads and instrument development for future missions:
    France et al. (2016a), Fleming et al. (2015), France et al. (2017)
  • Exoplanetary atmospheres and host stars:
    France et al. (2016c), Youngblood et al. (2016), Loyd & France (2014), France et al. (2013)
  • Planet-forming Disks - lifetimes, structures, and compositions:
    France et al. (2014), Hoadley et al. (2015), France et al. (2012) , France et al. (2017)
  • Supernova remnants, low-z star-forming galaxies, and the intergalactic medium:
    France et al. (2015), Danforth et al. (2013), France et al. (2010a), France et al. (2010b), Shull et al. (2010)
  • Atoms, molecules, and dust in the diffuse interstellar medium and photodissociation regions:
    McJunkin et al. (2014), France et al. (2013), Fleming et al. (2010), Burgh et al. (2007)